The State of Massachusetts is home to more than 120 recognized colleges and universities. Many of these schools offer business programs at all degree levels. According to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an impressive 18 have been accredited by the agency. Most of these AACSB accredited schools made our list of Best Online MBA Programs in Massachusetts. Let’s take a look at what these and several other top Massachusetts business schools have to offer, followed by a list of dozens of other leading business schools in the region.
University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass-Amherst), Amherst
Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass- Amherst) offers a 45 credit hour Online MBA Program that highlights four focus areas including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Administration, and Marketing. The AACSB accredited Isenberg Online MBA also offers a Blended Option, which allows students to take some classes online and others at a conveniently located satellite campus in Boston, Shrewsbury, or Springfield, Massachusetts. Students interested in either program may take up to two classes before applying to learn why the program is a good fit.
- Besides offering several in-demand focus areas and the opportunity to experience the program before committing, the Isenberg Online MBA:
- Ranked #4 in the East in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 5% of schools considered)
- Ranked #16 Nationally among Public Schools and Colleges in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 11% of schools considered)
- Ranked #19 Nationally in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 6% of schools)
- Ranked #12 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report
Northeastern University, Boston
D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University offers an Online MBA Program with optional residencies at the schools domestic campus locations and international locations such as China, Russia, and Greece. The 50 credit hour program may be completed in 24 to 27 months and it offers eight in-demand concentrations including Finance, Healthcare Management, High Technology Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, International Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability. Students also have the option to earn a Dual Masters in Finance/MBA by taking "as few as four to seven additional finance electives." As part of D’Amore-McKim School of Business, both online programs are AACSB accredited. In addition, the school’s Online MBA Program:
- Ranked #3 Nationally among Private Schools and Colleges in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 2% of schools considered)
- Ranked #3 in the East in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 4% of schools considered)
- Ranked #18 Nationally in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 5% of schools)
- Ranked #36 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth), Dartmouth
Charlton College of Business at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (UMass Dartmouth or UMassD) offers a 30 to 39 credit hour MBA that may be completed 100% online. The program, which has a limited class size, may be completed in five consecutive semesters, with two courses per semester. Just a few course titles include Accounting for Decision Making, Social Media for Professional Purposes, Advanced Organizational Behavior, Information Technology Management, and Strategic Management. The UMassD Charlton School of Business is AACSB accredited and it ranked #62 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell
Robert J. Manning School of Business at University of Massachusetts-Lowell (UML) offers an MBA Program that may be completed entirely online or as a mix of online and on campus courses. The 30 to 42 credit hour program has four optional focus areas including Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, and Marketing. Just a few foundations courses include Organizational Behavior, Marketing Fundamentals, and Business Financial Analysis. Required MBA courses include Operations Management, Corporate Finance, Management Information Systems, and Customers and Markets, to name a few. The UML Online MBA is AACSB accredited and it ranked #69 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
New England College of Business and Finance, Boston
New England College of Business and Finance (NECB) offers an Online MBA Program that takes just over 12 months to complete. The 60-week program consists of consist of five-week sessions with one week off between classes. Concentration options include Business Ethics, Finance, Global Finance Trading, Healthcare, and Human Resources. The program, which ranked #100 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg
Fitchburg State University offers a 10-course, 30-credit MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. Offered through the school’s Business Administration Department, the Fitchburg Online MBA ranked #124 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The program, which may be completed in just 17 months, is asynchronous, so students don’t have to be at the computer at any particular time of the day or week. Concentrations include Accounting, Human Resources Management, and Management. Fitchburg State University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
Endicott College, Beverly
The William and Tia Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College offers an Online MBA Program that may be completed in as little as 18 months. The 14 course, 42 credit hour program offers small class sizes and rolling admissions, so students may start the program at any time. Concentrations include Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Healthcare, Healthcare Informatics, Homeland Security Studies, Hospitality/ Hotel Management, Human Resources Management, Information Technology Management, International Business, Marketing, Non-Profit Management, Operations Management, Project Management, and Computer Science. The Van Loan Online MBA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Lasell College, Newton
Lasell College offers a Professional Online MBA Program that may be completed 100% online. Known as the PMBA program, the Lasell MBA consists of 36 credit hours of study that may be completed in less than two years. Just a few required courses include Strategic IT Alignment, Leadership Role in the 21st Century Organization, Global Strategy for Continual Success, and Entrepreneurial Strategy & Venture Creation. Rolling admission for the program is offered for September, October, January, March, May and July start dates. The Lasell College PMBA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Babson College, Babson Park
The F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College offers an Blended Learning MBA Program that consists of 46 credits. This AACSB accredited program takes 21 months to complete and it requires two residency weeks and 14 face-to-face sessions. Students may complete the program on a part-time schedule and meetings take place at either the Wellesley, Massachusetts or San Francisco locations. Wellesley is less than two miles from the Babson Park campus. In addition to AACSB accreditation, Babson College is accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
Nichols College, Dudley
Nichols College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers an Online MBA Program that takes as few as 18 months to complete. The program has six start dates to choose from as well as the option to add a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA Accounting) by completing six additional courses. Graduates who choose this option will be awarded an MBA/MSA degree. Students may also customize their electives to obtain a Graduate Certificate. A few options include Advanced Critical Thinking and Decision-Making, Employee Benefits, and Operations Management/Six Sigma. Nichols College is IACBE accredited.
Suffolk University, Boston
Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University offers an MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. The program offers the same curriculum and faculty as the Boston and North Campus MBA Programs along with six concentrations. Options include Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Marketing, and Strategic Management. Although the Sawyer MBA is offered online, students have the option to attend class in person, participate in travel seminars, and complete an internship at a local company or abroad. Students have interned at companies in places such as China, London, Prague, Buenos Aires, and Madrid. Sawyer Business School is AACSB accredited and it is the only Boston business school to achieve accreditation for both its accounting and business administration programs.
Western New England University, Springfield
The College of Business at Western New England University (WNE) offers MBA that may be completed 100% online. With Concentrations in Accounting and Leadership, the 12-course, 36 credit hour Online MBA allows students to pursue their degree full- or part-time, in 11-week terms. Students that take two courses per 11-week term can expect to finish the program in 18 months. Students taking one course per term can expect to complete the degree in three years. However, the AACSB accredited WNE MBA allows students up to eight years to graduate.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester
The Robert A. Foisie School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) offers a “Flex Track” MBA Program “for students seeking a more flexible learning option.” While students in AACSB accredited program will complete most of their work online, they must meet for face-to-face sessions six times a year (every seven to eight weeks). Available concentrations include Entrepreneurship, Information Security Management, Information Technology, Operations Management, Marketing, Process Design, Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, and Technological Innovation. In addition to completing course requirements and team projects, WPI MBA students must complete the Graduate Qualifying Project (GQP) experience. Many students later receive job offers from the companies that sponsored their projects.
The WPI MBA ranked #25 Nationally among Private Schools and Colleges in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 13% of schools considered).
Looking for even more Online MBA options? Consider the following programs in the neighboring states of Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont:
Albertus Magnus College, New Haven
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain (Blended Online/On Campus)
Post University, Waterbury
Quinnipiac University, Hamden
Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven (Hybrid; coursework is online with four Saturday in-class meetings per session)
University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport
University of Hartford, West Hartford
Daniel Webster College, Nashua
Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, Manchester, Portsmouth, Lebanon
New England College, Henniker
Plymouth State University, Plymouth
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester
University of New Hampshire, Durham
Clarkson University, Potsdam
Excelsior College, Albany
Hofstra University, Hempstead
Manhattan College, Riverdale
Marist College, Poughkeepsie
Medaille College, Buffalo
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry
Monroe College, Bronx, New Rochelle, Queens
Pace University, New York
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester
Saint Joseph’s College, Brooklyn, Long Island
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill
State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego
SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs
SUNY Polytechnic Institute (formerly SUNY Institute of Technology), Utica
Syracuse University, Syracuse
Utica College, Utica
Johnson & Wales University, Providence
Salve Regina University, Newport
Champlain College, Burlington
Green Mountain College, Poultney
Norwich University, Northfield